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The high mediaeval church of Silla del Papa (Tarifa, Cádiz)

La iglesia altomedieval de la Silla del Papa (Tarifa, Cádiz)

L’église du haut Moyen Âge de la Silla del Papa (Tarifa, Cadix)


The investigations carried on since 2014 in the old oppidum of Silla del Papa have revealed the existence of a high mediaeval church associated with a tall edifice that is yet little known. This modest-sized church has a rectangular nave measuring 10 x 6.50 m merging into a quadrangular apse of 3.50 x 4.90 m on the east side, with adjoining enclosures on the north and south sides, including a secondary apse. Both apses once contained an altar set on a cylindrical pillar with a loculus for relics. Sounding has revealed the presence of several tombs inside the nave. The church may have been founded as a euergetic work by Pymenius, Bishop of Asidonia, in the 7th century. The building continued to be occupied, for domestic use, after the Arab-Berber conquest, until it was finally abandoned in the time of the Emirates. Haut de page
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Sonia Gutiérrez-Lloret, Bastien Lefebvre, Pierre Moret. La iglesia altomedieval de la Silla del Papa (Tarifa, Cádiz). Mélanges de la Casa de Velázquez, 2017, 47 (1), pp.201-214. ⟨10.4000/mcv.7452⟩. ⟨hal-01976335⟩
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